Irmtraud Hubatschek (Austria)

Baroque Violoncello

" ...expression is the soul of music: without it, music remains a pleasant game, it is only through expression that it becomes a musical language which will directly affect our heart."
J. G. Sulzer,1771

Irmtraud Hubatschek was born in 1960 in Klagenfurt, Austria. She began to learn music at age of five, and went on to study the cello with Max Engel at the Innsbruck Conservatory, then with Nikolaus Harnocourt at the Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg. A growing interest in performance practice led her towards baroque and classical instruments, and after studying in London, she received a scholarship from the Dutch government to study the baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague where she gained her concert diploma. Masterclasses with Anner Bijlsma, Gerhard Darmstadt, Christophe Coin and Wilbert Hazelzet provided further musical inspiration.

She has been awarded with several prizes (Jugend Musiziert, Austria, International Chamber Music Competition Amersfoort, Netherlands). Concert tours with various groups such as Trio Boismortier, Il Dolcimelo, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Armonico Tributo Rotterdam… have taken her to most European countries and to Nepal. In addition to her performing career, she has taught the baroque cello since 1991 at the International Summer Academy for Ancient Music Prague, and from 1998 to 2005 at the Centre for Early Music at Cannes Conservatory.

Living since 1994 in Corsica, she has created in 2002 her own group ORFEO ISULANU. Her current focus of research lies in exploring 18th and 19th century musical life in Corsica, documented on several CDs, Notturno di Corsica I-IV.

She has created two films on music, “Viva Mozart” and “Biber et Muffat”. She very happily combines research in music, history, literature and even gastronomy in order to create a musical play around a theme to bring the baroque period closer to us today.

About the class:

The class is open to all cellists, whether with baroque or modern cello, required are an open mind and curiosity!

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  • early cello literature from Gabrielli to Bach
  • baroque solo sonatas
  • chamber music for strings
  • please no adaptations of works written originally for other instruments, please do bring the continuo part of your solo sonata!


Themes as diverse as the following will be treated during the course:

  • Sound as the expression of the soul
  • Baroque cello technique
  • The musical speech: music as a language
  • The art of continuo playing
  • Body language in music: correspondence between bowing and respiration
  • Historical bowing technique with group-exercises
  • How to practice…

You are most welcome to bring also violoncello-duets and accompany each other in solo sonatas, you are also encouraged to bring some continuo-parts to study.

Maximum number of students: 8

Teaching languages: Czech (a little!), German, French, English, Dutch

aktivní účastníci / active participants

  1. Vojtěch Nejedlý
  2. Jana Vavřínková
  3. Kateřina Reková
  4. Anne-Linde Visser
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